Shueisha and Bandai Namco announced the A play Japan game contest winners. A rhythm battle game featuring Kung-Fu Dugongs won the competition’s Grand Prize. Bandai Namco will help develop the concept into a full-fledged mobile game.
Yoh Nakamori, Tom Ikeda and Takuma Okubo of Ougi Works will receive 2 million yen for winning the contest. Bandai Namco will also offer up to 20 million yen to support its development.
In this game, players will move the Dugongs according to the rhythm. Dugongs can also enter battles upon encountering an enemy. The player will have to make quick decisions to prevent the Dugongs from taking damage.
Members of Ougi Works used handmade figurines of the Dugongs to create concept screenshots of the game. Bandai Namco noted the cute characters as its main factor in awarding the Grand Award for this title.
Shueisha held the A play contest from April to July 2021. He held the contest to celebrate the franchise reaching 1,000 episodes. People residing in Japan could send Shueisha concepts for a A play– themed casual mobile game created with Unity, Unreal Engine and Criware.
In addition to the Grand Award, Shueisha also awarded Excellence Awards with 100,000 yen in prize money to four other titles. The list of finalists includes a party battle game with 3D chibi pixel characters, an 8-bit puzzle game titled Death of Hasamona 2D action RPG with a procedurally generated world and racing title featuring unique sea creatures from the franchise.
Bandai Namco will help Ougi Works develop the A play The game Kung-Fu Dugong in a free mobile title. It will be available for iOS and Android devices in Japan.